Wilderness Trail B&B Private Barrel Family Reserve Rye Whiskey
Oftentimes when we get barrel samples from a distillery, we'll get five or six samples with one being the clear standout. With Wilderness Trail we truly had a hard time narrowing them down, each one had so much to offer, all demonstrating that this is a distillery that really knows what they're doing. Aged for just over 4 years and bottled at 58% abv (gaining a whole 8 points during that time!), the barrel we went with has a big and expressive nose of mint, honey, vanilla wafers, baking spice, and a hint of oak. On the palate, those notes are explored further with more cool mint, a honeyed sweetness, clove, barrel char, and crisp green apples. The finish rests on a classic herbal rye note, with lingering oak spice and mint. With such great options, this barrel is truly the cream of the crop, beautifully displaying the softer side of rye grain's flavors, in a body so rich and luxurious it'll convert even the most ardent bourbon fan.